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Alice was born in Aston on 22 Sep 1862, the daughter of William and Mary Louisa Boraston. She was baptised on 22 October 1862 at St Silas, Lozells, Warwickshire. Her mother died in 1866, and her father remarried. In 1871 she is described as a pupil at the home of Harriet Boraston (presumably a relation) at 4 Clifton Terrace, Wolverhampton. She was back with her father and step-mother Emma in Worfield, Shropshire, in 1881, but was a visitor to the household of Walter Barnswell in Basford, Nottinghamshire, in 1891. By this date she was described as “living on her own means”. I have been unable to find her in the 1901 or 1911 censuses, although her widowed step-mother was at 168 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, in 1911.

Alice herself was at this address in 1917, as she served in the British Red Cross workroom at Gresham Chambers. She served part time from 22 March 1917 until 1 February 1919.

She married Francis J. Gibbs in Wolverhampton in 1925, at the age of 63. She died aged 91 on 8 April 1953 in Birmingham (her address by this date was given as 96 School road, Moseley, Birmingham), and the value of her effects was £2102 8s. 11d.